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February 12, 2016

House GOP Changes Plan Again

Updated 3:49 p.m. | House Republican leaders are floating yet another plan to reopen the government and avert default.

According to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the latest plan would drop a demand to delay the medical device tax in Obamacare and drop a demand for income verification under Obamacare. Instead, Republicans would target the health benefits of both lawmakers and congressional staff, as well as political appointees. This iteration of the plan would keep the government running until Dec. 15, instead of Jan. 15.

The latest changes came after the plan presented this morning by Speaker John A. Boehner was panned by many Republicans in his conference.

Republican leadership met in Boehner’s office Tuesday afternoon to discuss next steps, and a House GOP aide said that closed-door discussions were currently focused on two areas that could make the fiscal package more palatable to the rank and file — the so-called Vitter language targeting health benefits and changing the date on the CR.

The school of thought on changing the date is that it would give members another opportunity to force Senate Democrats and the White House to endure negotiations over hot-button items related to the health law.

The individual mandate goes into effect on Jan. 1, as well as a requirement that all employers offer insurance covering contraceptive and reproductive services.

Republicans seemed to have given up on securing any Democratic votes in the House, with Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland saying the GOP proposal leaders offered Tuesday morning was designed to “snatch confrontation from the jaws of reasonable agreement.”

It appears that Republicans are determining whether there is room to send the measure to the Senate with just enough Republican support — and just enough time — that the chamber could pass the legislation and avoid a debt default that the Treasury Department says, absent an agreement, would occur on Oct. 17.

The White House has already rejected the original proposal, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared it would not pass the Senate.

Coming out of the meeting, leadership’s plan was unclear.

“There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do,” said Boehner after a nearly two-hour-long conference meeting. “We’re working with our members to find a way forward.”

House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., said he was not going to “do the play by play.”

“We’re still working through this, and I’m not going to comment on speculation or what is a very fluid situation,” Ryan said.

Many House Republicans were in a similar holding pattern, waiting to see what leadership would ultimately put on the floor before pledging their support or opposition.

“I want to wait and see what the proposal is,” said Justin Amash, R-Mich.

  • Chas Holman

    The GOP Congress has given it’s self a self inflicted wound and backed it’s self into the corner. As a result it is a very dangerous animal looking out after it’s OWN best interests right now and not the nations.

    • Brian J. Lockner

      Whatever happened to ‘country first’?

  • Bob Viering

    The Republican position reminds of this old National Lampoon cover…

  • empathy4us

    ACA is going forward as currently constructed and there is nothing the GOP can do about this. Full stop.

  • Brian J. Lockner

    Put out a clean CR, which is already a concession by Dems in that they are forced to accept the entire sequestration package which is already baked into the cake. Dems plus 26 republicans WILL vote for it, and we can move on. Stop allowing the tail to wag the dog and put our entire nation at risk.

    • hepette

      they snuck in a new rule that says that only cantor or his designee can bring it to a vote. slimy repuke/baggers

  • dleeper47

    The GOP strategy: flail about while the Democrats watch in amusement.

    • hepette

      im glad they are flailing and also failing but i am not one bit amused

  • hepette

    justin amash doesnt know what he is doing anyway…we are going to vote him out in michigan

  • txlakedude

    Never never forget what the entire GOP is doing, and what they are, and always remind everyone how sick and wrong they are for America. Vote them gone, vote them gone, in 2016.
    We get rid of rats and cockroaches don’t we?

  • Mike Flynn

    “The Fog Of War”
    The first shots of all out ideological warfare leading the United States into protracted technical default will be fired tomorrow when a bunch of Tea Party morons aim their pistols wildly and start shooting Republicans in the foot who want to cut a deal with the Democrats, as Speaker John Boehner tries leading a compromise effort to avoid disaster. They’ll scare enough Republicans just enough to cause a needless panic, taking us past some very important deadlines, and raising the spectra of a United State government unprepared to meet its financial obligations in a timely manner. The end game being to disable the Federal Government in the eyes of the American people and the World; a terrorist aspiration of the highest order that should lead to a peoples arrest and trail if the economy crashes. To quote: “These are the times that try men’s souls …” Mike Flynn ‘Middle Class Mike’

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